WPSA 75th Anniversary Project
Help Support Others at the WPSA
The Western Political
Science Association has long prided itself in providing an inclusive
home for political scientists, one that is open to a broad range
of cutting-edge research and scholars from diverse backgrounds.
Many political scientists feel a special bond with the WPSA because
of its openness to others and to different perspectives.
Yet there is one area in which the WPSA has been poor in promoting
inclusiveness. Unlike many other political science associations,
the WPSA does not have a fund to help underwrite the cost for
graduate students and less well-off faculty to attend the annual
meeting. Every year, the Association receives requests for financial
assistants from participants, which we cannot provide. As a consequence,
some individuals who would like to participate in the annual meeting
are unable to afford it.
As part of the WPSA’s 75th Anniversary, the Association
is launching a fund-raising campaign to create a travel endowment,
which will provide support to help graduate students and faculty
so they can attend the annual meeting. Please consider contributing
to the WPSA Travel Fund. It will provide much-needed support to
others so they can join us at the annual meeting and make us more
Help us make our goal of
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There are other ways in which you can help the WPSA.
In addition to creating this Travel Fund, the WPSA is also using
the Anniversary as a means to build financial support for Association
awards. Currently, only two of our annual best paper awards are
self-funded, with the rest relying on limited support out of the
Association’s annual budget. The Association would like to
see all the awards eventually become self-funded to ensure their
long-term survival and to build the dollar size of each award, which
has remained unchanged for more than a decade. The WPSA is asking
members to consider donating to the individual Award Funds.
If you just want to provide help to the Association to ensure its
long-term viability and to build a base for growth, please consider
donating to the WPSA Endowment Fund. This fund was created to provide
security if a financial crisis occurs and to provide support for
The Association’s goal for the campaign is to raise $100,000.
The WPSA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization; as such, your
contributions are fully tax-deductible, as permitted by law.
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